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Your Soap Box: Ann Karen Sanchez, Port Richmond Published: Thursday, May 26, 2011, 10:45 AM

By

Virginia N. Sherry

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - Ann Karen Sanchez, a senior at Port Richmond High School, was busy at work on a recent Saturday afternoon but took off a few minutes to talk about music. "I've always loved music. I play the flute in the marching band and the symphonic band. I learned in my sophomore year," she said. Why the flute? "I thought that the flute was an easy instrument, but it's not!"

Ann Karen Sanchez, Port Richmond (Staten Island Advance/Virginia N. Sherry)

How accomplished is she? "They say that I'm really good," she said. "I like playing long pieces, popular and classical music, and I like solos, too. What about plans after graduation? "I've been accepted at [the College of Staten Island] (CSI), pre-med," she reported proudly. Ms. Sanchez said that she's the only one in her family who plays a musical instrument. She plans to continue studying the flute at CSI.

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